Frequently Asked Questions
For applicants/family members:
What is the criteria to be accepted in to the program?
Applicants must be a Christ-follower seeking personal truth & growth, who is currently or formerly incarcerated. In order to be accepted you must be employable and sober. We do not accept sex offenders nor those on leg monitoring into the program. If you are a former sex offender, we recommend that you check out our list of references.
How long does it take to hear the decision of an application?
It depends on when you apply. Our application review team reviews the applications twice a month. After your application is reviewed, expect to receive a decision the following week. If you do not receive your decision within a month of requesting an application, contact us and let us know!
Can a psychiatric patient be a part of the Texas Reach Out Ministries (TROM) program?
We cannot accept applicants who require psychiatric care. We are not a medical facility and do not have the proper training or resources to provide for these patients.
What is the cost to the participant?
Phase one costs $400 a month. The first month residents will receive a free bus pass, apply for rental assistance, and may receive assistance with groceries. After they have secured a job, the participants will be responsible for groceries weekly, and will be required to pay $100/week, utilities included.
Phase two costs $450 a month. Rent increases as participants move to a single room in their home.
What if an applicant is on Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Even if you receive SSI, you will be expected to work part time.
How long is the TROM program?
There are two possible phases to the Texas Reach Out process. Phase one lasts approximately one year. This phase is the members’ first year out of incarceration and is the biggest transitional phase.
Phase two is an optional phase after the first year. Phase two occurs approximately one year after the participant has begun the program. In order to be accepted into this phase, the participant has to have shown growth, obedience, and transformation throughout phase one. This phase includes a room to yourself and continued help with employment.
Can a couple in a relationship or married do the program together?
The homes of TROM are set up to serve all-male or all-female residents. The program is designed to encourage personal growth and transformation, which has a higher rate of success when the participant is not spending their time focusing on someone else. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact us.
Can a family member fill out the required application for an applicant?
We strongly discourage this. It is important for us to see the applicant is invested in their own positive transition, and to hear their personal testimony with Christ in their own words.
Will Texas Reach Out save someone's spot if there is a delay in their release?
Yes. After you are accepted into the program, we will hold your spot. On the other hand, if you commit a crime or break any of the Texas Reach Out rules, your application will be void and you will no longer have a spot in the program.
What is the visitation policy for members of the program?
This will be outlined during orientation. We ask the resident to contact his or her family and let them know the policy.
Is there a safety concern?
No. There is no safety concern with our program, and we have never had a problem. Please contact us if you have any further questions.
What is the time commitment?
This is up to the individual. For mentors and disciplers we ask for a greater time commitment, usually at least once a week. Our men and women choose to stay short-term (minimum three months) or long-term (up to three years), so we will match you with a participant who fits your availability. Our other volunteer opportunities are more flexible. For example, you can lead a bible study once a month or volunteer your services in the houses/office on your own schedule. You can check out our volunteer opportunities here.